I know, I know, I promised ya’ll a media rant and it’s coming, believe me…(Fuck, did I just quoted that Cheeto colored dipstick? Holy shit, he’s contagious!) But I realized I didn’t address a huge chunk of important stuff in our two previous discussions: Civics Class and The End of American Democracy.
….so after we won our independence, our Founding Fathers created our constitution; a document consisting of a mission statement a.k.a. The Preamble (my favorite part,) and seven articles detailing how our government would be structured. I touched on the first three articles in my overview of the three branches of government and their powers.
Article I covers the Legislative Branch or Congress, which consists of two bodies, the House of Representatives and the Senate. (This split was a compromise. Yes, believe or not our founders actually considered compromise a good thing and a defense against tyranny) While the House’s membership is based on population, in the Senate, each state has equal representation.
It’s their job to fund the government and confirm presidential appointments. They also have the authority to amend our constitution, write our laws, raise an army and declare war.
Article II covers the Executive Branch, the presidency and the various federal departments and agencies he oversees. It establishes presidential eligibility requirements, the electoral process via the Electoral College, and sets term limits.
This branch speaks to the world on behalf of our nation and is responsible for international treaties. It appoints department heads and Ambassadors, and sees to the implementation of our laws and military operations. Because of the conflict of interest between law-makers and the Judicial Branch, who ensure the laws they write don’t violate our constitution, the Executive Branch is also responsible for appointing Supreme Court justices and federal judges.
Unfortunately, due to our multi-party system, this conflict of interest is currently causing a constitutional crisis due to partisan law-makers TREASONOUS refusal to conduct hearings and confirm presidential appointments, including the Supreme Court.
You bet your ass I’m going there.
In accordance with Article VI, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution… “
That’s right every one of those Goat-fuckers had to swear an oath to both comply with the constitution and carry out the duties of their office:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
I guess some members of congress believe the Constitution is…. To quote that giant talking Cheeto again:
Article III outlines the structure and powers of the Judicial Branch.
It establishes the US Supreme Court as the supreme and final authority on all legal and constitutional matters; although, the Congress does control the compliment of the courts below it.
In order to maintain political independence, federal judges are appointed for life unless they resign or are found guilty of a crime.
Article IV mandates a state level republican (as in a democratic republic, not GOP or DNC) form of governance. It defines states relationship to each other and the federal government. It guarantees federal protection to its people from foreign or domestic violence, and details how new states can join the Union. It also asks states to honor each others’ laws and gives Congress the authority to regulate how this will be done.
Article V establishes a process to amend the Constitution to address unforeseen or changing circumstances.
Article VI makes federal laws the ‘supreme Law of the Land.’ If there is a conflict between state and federal law, federal law wins. It also requires all officials, whether members of the state legislatures, Congress, judiciary or the Executive have to swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution (all of it.Not just the parts you like.)
No matter how unique their faith, even local government officials have to take an oath.
Article VII is where the founders of the original 13 states signed the Constitution.